CLAP WHEN YOU LAND BY ELIZABETH ACEVEDO


PLOT SUMMARY:

In a novel-in-verse that brims with grief and love, National Book Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Acevedo writes about the devastation of loss, the difficulty of forgiveness, and the bittersweet bonds that shape our lives.

Camino Rios lives for the summers when her father visits her in the Dominican Republic. But this time, on the day when his plane is supposed to land, Camino arrives at the airport to see crowds of crying people…

In New York City, Yahaira Rios is called to the principal’s office, where her mother is waiting to tell her that her father, her hero, has died in a plane crash.

Separated by distance—and Papi’s secrets—the two girls are forced to face a new reality in which their father is dead and their lives are forever altered.

And then, when it seems like they’ve lost everything of their father, they learn of each other.


MY REVIEW:

This was on my TBR for a long time! I bought it after seeing so much hype about it over the summer but was always a little scared to read it in case it didn't live up to the hype - one of the never ending issues with well known books right?! I decided to finally just get on with it and give it a go and overall I'm happy to report that I really enjoyed it!

This is a heartfelt and beautiful story about two people brought together as a result of a tragedy. The writing is beautiful and really emotional. You can feel the levels of grief and loss that Camino and Yahaira experience due to the death of their father and how this tragic moment kickstarts a series of events that will change their lives forever.

The writing is beautifully atmospheric and you really feel like you're being transported between New York and the Dominican Republic as you learn more about our two protagonists. From the humid and sticky weather and golden beaches of the Caribbean, to the cramped concrete jungle of the Big Apple, Acevedo does an amazing job and completely immerses the reader in the worlds of Camino and Yahaira.

One thing I did find that was slightly weak on the writing was that it was hard to differentiate Camino and Yahaira at times. If I was to read a chapter not knowing who it was that was narrating, I'd have found it hard to confidently say who it was. They are extremely strong characters but are essentially one character in the way that they were nearly too similar.

Lastly, as you probably know, it is written in verse which I have started to enjoy. I did find it weird the first few times I came across a book written that way but now I find it can flow quite nicely if the author has mastered it well.

I won't say much more as I don't want to spoil it but I also would have liked the book to continue a while longer and explore that next chapter in more detail (you'll know what I mean when you read it).

Overall, it's a nice quick read that addresses what it means to lose a loved one and how to navigate your way through the emotions that come with that. Acevedo captures these emotions beautifully and I would definitely read more from her.

IN 3 WORDS/PHRASES:

Emotional

Atmospheric

Heartfelt


FAVOURITE QUOTE:

'she is a nurturer, but she is also a ferocious defender.

& so I remember that to walk this world

you must be kind but also fierce.'

FAVOURITE CHARACTER:

As mentioned above, I found Camino and Yahaira very similar so I'm not sure I could pick either one and I didn't feel I connected with the others enough to single out a particular character. If I had to choose I'd do with Camino's aunt, she seemed like such an interesting woman.

OVERALL RATING:

8/10

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